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Laurel Davis | Human; Citizen

Posted on Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:27 pm

I watched the emotions play across Ben's face. He looked as frustrated as I felt. I wanted answers, but I still hesitated when he asked to talk. I glanced at the clock even though I knew I didn't have anything pressing to do. The patient who I'd just been talking to had a minor problem at best and one of the nurses, Carrie, was taking care of it. She was a sweetheart too - I'd been so on edge that the patient was probably glad when I left him in her hands.

I don't know, Dr. Reese.It was such a slow night that I couldn't really come up with a good excuse, but I needed to create some barriers. Some walls of protection, to protect... my emotions, I suppose. Keeping it formal was one way to do it. My biggest problem was that I was somehow sickly curious about what he had to say. What possible explanation could he have for his behavior? I crossed my arms but after a moment I gave a resigned sigh.

I guess I can spare a minute... I glanced down the hall, considering our options for places to speak. Ben had a rep, one that I had almost forgotten. Rumors had spread about his and Felicity's closet antics, and I didn't not want to be fuel for that fire. A friend of mine had an office in a nearby wing that she sometimes forgot to lock and wouldn't be a bad place to use. I think Kim... uh, Dr. Szabo's office might be unlocked, I said, not waiting for him to respond before I turned and started walking down the hall. I was taking charge, showing that he didn't affect me. Even if he did...

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Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:20 pm

Laurel had a little fight in her, which made her that much more appealing to me. I never wanted easy mode, which is probably one reason I wanted her so much in the first place. I had sort of thought that once we'd gotten a little off to the side, the formalities would be dropped. She got an awkward and painful half smile from me but I don't even think she saw it before she headed for Dr. Szabo's office. I waited, gave her some space and then I followed.

Once I reached the office I paused before going in, rubbing the back of my neck. The possibility had already made itself apparent to me that I would have her cornered, if I couldn't wait any longer. No, I didn't mean I would make her do anything she didn't want to do, but the problem was that if I lost my willpower I could make her want to do it. Which was the same, wasn't it? It was cheating. It wouldn't be as fun, but damn, it would stil be fun. I stepped in and turned fully around to close the door behind me. I leaned against the door, not a false sign of frustration but the reason behind it was not the one I would be sharing with her. I looked down toward the floor, pitifully defeated.

I owe you an explanation, and all I ask is that you hear me out. I met her eyes, waiting for a response, a luxury I didn't need to give since I had the door - but I pretended to be oblivious to that fact.

It had a little to do with Fel, but not in the way you think. I had thought of this on my way to work. I had taken a long route in the car just to afford myself the time for this. I don't know how I couldn't look like a villain in this scenario. I look pretty bad, but the thing is - She wasn't so desperate for me because she wanted me. Felicity wanted out. She felt pressured into being with this guy - that's been a long standing thing. I looked away, this time, thinking myself that liars tried too hard with eye contact, and it really just made it uncomfortable. Instead, I stared at nothing as if I was remembering a conversation, a memory with Felicity.

I was her out, she's even admitted that to me a time or two. Yesterday I thought I was doing the right thing for her by making her be stand up for what she herself wanted, without me as an excuse. Finally, I left the door, and took a few steps closer to Laurel. And that whole bit - the ties she still tried to find with me made me feel like I didn't deserve you.

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Laurel Davis | Human; Citizen

Posted on Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:12 pm

The halls were pretty quiet and my footsteps echoed loudly as we moved down the hall - they almost intensified the awkwardness of the silence. Maybe it wasn't awkward for him, but my mind was racing. I cast a few sidelong glances at him as I pondered the situation. What would he say? What excuses would he give? Would I believe him? I didn't want to be some fool who was blinded by love, or 'like', since I couldn't really call what I felt love. And if I still liked him did he really even like me? Was it even a possibility that we would be together? I couldn't answer the questions. I wasn't sure what I wanted and what I was willing to risk to get it.

He asked me to hear him out, but it just me me angry. If anything he owed me this explanation, and it was my choice whether I wanted to listen to what he had to say or not. I was taking time out of my schedule to talk to him upon his request even after he ran out on me. He should have been glad that I didn't walk out right then. Or maybe that was just my bruised pride talking, after all even I didn't hate him.

I don't know exactly what my face looked like through his story. Maybe a mix of vaguely pissed off and confused, because that pretty much summed up how I felt. It wasn't so much that I wanted Ben to be the villain as much as suicide was something that resonated deeply with me. My own struggles with depression and inadequacy made it hard not to choose her side, if there even were sides.

So what you're saying is... you ran out on me because you didn't think you were... good enough? Maybe I was skeptical because he seemed so confident - like maybe he was feeding me a line. On the other hand, I had just spent a few minutes mentally ranting about how depression and inadequacy was. You couldn't really tell who had it just by looking at them, and who knew what was really going on with Ben?

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Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:31 pm

I really didn't have anything to say for a moment. I could say my silence was intentional, scripted. But it wasn't. I hadn't planned anything past what I had just spoken to her. Maybe I thought that some sort of weakness would be enough. I had severely underestimated her, and overestimated myself, which was a little frustrating. My face hardened, though I didn't look at her. I had wanted to sit down, do the least talking I had to do and.. did I really expect anything to happen today? Seriously? Yeah, I tell myself I'd hoped, but not expected. I was used to things being so easy.

What? Is that so hard to believe? Sometimes the saddest are the funniest are they not? I wasn't pleading. I was now a lawyer, making my case. I'm not going to stand in front of you and pretend I don't have a history, and I can't pretend you don't know about it.

I couldn't spell it out any more for her. The fact that I ran, that I showed some restraint, shouldn't that tell her something? Or at least convince her of something.

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Laurel Davis | Human; Citizen

Posted on Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:15 pm

I could see Ben visibly become defensive. My skepticism was forcing him to do what I had already done - put up barriers. Look, Ben. I'm sorry. You're right, and it was cold for me not to understand. I know exactly what it feels like. I was just hurt is all. My empathetic side was coming out. I'd always been told that I cared too much for people. It got a little scary how much I felt what other people felt, but I tried to channel that energy into helping people and I felt I could help been now.

Look, this may sound weird, but you can talk to me. I've experienced that firsthand, and it's better than running out on me anyway. I'd gone from formal to friendly in two seconds flat, but I couldn't help it. I seriously believed Ben needed someone to talk to and if I could be that person then I couldn't just walk away.

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